Security Alert: January 9, 2014

Update: March 19, 2014

Chicago police have charged a suspect for an aggravated criminal sexual assault and armed robbery that occurred in the 6100 block of Woodlawn Avenue on January 7, 2014.

The suspect is in custody and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and armed robbery.

At approximately 12:10 p.m., Tuesday, January 7—A woman not affiliated with the University walking off campus northbound on University Avenue near 63rd Street was approached by an unknown male who displayed a knife and forced the victim to accompany him to a gangway of an apartment building where he forced her to perform a sex act. The suspect took $35 from the victim before fleeing eastbound on 62nd Street. Chicago police are investigating.

This information was relayed to UCPD by Chicago police on Thursday, January 9.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. When walking, try to walk with a group or have a friend walk with you. There is safety in numbers. Familiarize yourself with the location of University emergency phones. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by activating an emergency phone or by calling UCPD when you get to a safe location.

Marlon C. Lynch
Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police

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